Kowalko: Governor’s secrecy hurts public trust

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko This governor’s unwillingness to engage and inform the public in matters of significant importance to their quality of life, such as the decision to remove the Rodney Square bus hub, is a violation of the public trust. Implying that some conveniently created policy of “executive privilege” exists is inexcusably wrong. Without full transparency and openness in the government’s decision-making processes, we as legislators cannot and should not expect to have the public’s confidence and trust in the […]

Rodney Square bus hub advocates march to governor’s office, demand action

The News Journal | by Christina Jedra Activists against the dismantling of the Rodney Square bus hub rallied on Thursday, marched to Gov. John Carney’s office building to present a petition and invited the governor and the city’s largest developer to meet with them. About three dozen supporters of the Coalition to Return Bus Service to Rodney Square delivered a letter to Carney’s communications director and BPG co-founder Robert Buccini requesting a meeting to find “a mutually beneficial solution.” “This is about special interests against real people,” said the Rev. […]

Civic groups push for independent review of Delaware LLC laws

WHYY | by Zoë Read The indictment against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort stated nine Delaware business entities were used in the international money laundering and tax fraud scheme he’s charged with running. The Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” allegedly used a Delaware LLC for his drug money. And there also were reports this year that President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen used a Delaware LLC to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to stay silent about her relationship with the president. Those instances and thousands of […]

Civic groups want independent counsel to look at Delaware’s LLC law

The News Journal | by Christina Jedra The Delaware Coalition for Open Government and other civic groups asked Attorney General Matt Denn on Monday to investigate the state’s system for limited liability companies — some of which have been connected to money laundering, narcotics and sex trafficking, and other offenses. The group, which includes the Civic League for New Castle County, the League of Women Voters of Delaware, the Delaware Press Association and Network Delaware, wants Denn to appoint an independent counsel to identify weaknesses in the Delaware Limited Liability […]

Complaint filed to uncover Gov. Carney’s hidden Rodney Square bus hub emails

The News Journal | by Christina Jedra When Wilmington bus rider advocates wanted answers about why the Rodney Square bus hub was dismantled, they requested Gov. John Carney’s emails in hopes of seeing the circumstances of his decision. Instead, they got black bars of redacted text. Whether those emails will stay hidden is now up to Attorney General Matt Denn’s office. The Coalition to Keep Bus Service on Rodney Square filed a complaint this week asking the Department of Justice to step in and order the emails be uncovered. “Governor Carney’s action […]

Mysterious business connects Erickson and Butina

Capital Journal | by Bart Pfankuch For reasons known only to him, embattled political operative Paul Erickson started a new business in South Dakota in June. By spending just $150 and filling out some online paperwork, Erickson formed Medora Consulting LLC, a company with no stated purpose or partners. The LLC, or limited liability company, was not Erickson’s first foray into starting companies through the LLC process, and certainly not the most explosive. Erickson, 56, started Medora LLC just one month before his romantic and political relationship with indicted Russian […]

Russian woman and South Dakotan connected by mysterious business

South Dakota News Watch | by Bart Pfankuch For reasons known only to him, embattled political operative Paul Erickson started a new business in South Dakota in June. By spending just $150 and filling out some online paperwork, Erickson formed Medora Consulting LLC, a company with no stated purpose or partners. The LLC, or limited liability company, was not Erickson’s first foray into starting companies through the LLC process, and certainly not the most explosive. Erickson, 56, started Medora LLC just one month before his romantic and political relationship with […]

Ballot set for local, statewide races this fall

Newark Post | by Josh Shannon This fall is shaping up to be a busy election season, with a number of local races as well as statewide races for senate, representative in congress, attorney general, state treasurer and auditor. Delaware’s primary election is set for Sept. 6, and the general election will be held Nov. 6. Though the filing deadline passed last week, political parties have until Sept. 4 to nominate candidates for races in which no member of that party has filed. Here’s a look at where local and […]

Kowalko: Drawn-out end to legislative session draws compromise, disappointment

WDEL | by Kevin Hayes The end of the legislative session in Dover was more of a chore than previously predicted. A recess well into Sunday morning when the session should have cut off by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday left both sides of the aisle in arms. “I would say that the minimum wage hike was long overdue,” said State Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark). “I don’t think it should have even been held as a bargaining chip. Kowalko cited the Republican reaction to the hiked minimum wage as a call […]

Delaware legislative session ends after all-night fight over minimum wage increase

WHYY | by Cris Barrish Delaware lawmakers spent the night in Dover in an unanticipated battle over raising the minimum wage. The all-night fight produced an eventual raise to $9.25 that will be phased in over the next two years. At 4 a.m. Sunday, the House voted mostly along party lines to approve the wage increase, which was backed by Democrats. The move irritated Republicans, who forced a delay in approving a $816 million bond bill. After hours of closed-door meetings, a compromise was reached, and a new provision was […]